The STEPS Centre is made up of a team of international researchers from a range of countries and academic backgrounds, from the social and the natural sciences. They are supported by a small team of communications and impact and administrative staff.

STEPS Centre members are based at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex, UK.

Click on each person’s profile for contact details, publications and biographical information.

The STEPS Centre is run by Director Ian Scoones and Co-Director Andy Stirling. Our former Director, Melissa Leach, became Director of IDS in April 2014.

Google Scholar profiles: Click ‘read more’ under each person to find out more about their work and a link to their Google Scholar profile.

We are overseen by an International Advisory Committee of globally renowned academics, policymakers, business and media professionals.

Adrian Ely

Reader in Technology & Sustainability and Director of Training, Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU)

Amber Huff

Research Fellow

Andrea Brock

PhD researcher

Becky Ayre

Project Support and Communications Officer

Divya Sharma

Researcher - Agrarian Transformations

Dominic Glover

Research Fellow

Gerald Bloom

Research Fellow

Gordon McGranahan

Research Fellow

Hayley MacGregor

Research Fellow

Jeremy Allouche

Research Fellow

Jeremy Lind

Research Fellow

James Sumberg

Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies

John Thompson

Research Fellow

Linda Waldman

Research Fellow

Lyla Mehta

Research Fellow

Marina Apgar

Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies

Melissa Leach

Former STEPS Centre Director, current IDS Director

Naomi Marks

Communications Officer

Nathan Oxley

Communications and Impact Manager

Rob Byrne


Sam Geall


Sofaya Hussein

Project Support Officer

Sophie Valeix

Doctoral Researcher

Wei Shen

Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies